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So... Around 1:30 am, I figured it was time to hit the sack so I was walking around looking for Toby to bring to bed with me. Usually when I call his name, he comes running.

Well...he didn't. So I'm searching and searching in all the little places he's usually sleeping.

Not there! Sooo... I start to search in places where in my head I'm thinking there's no way he is going to be here but better check anyway.

Not there. So finally I'm like okay..this is weird. Maybe my boyfriend let him in the room already. But that wouldn't make sense because I had just seen Toby walking around out here because i removed his harness and I definitely would have noticed or heard Justin open the bedroom door.

Then I realize how frigid it is in the house and I feel my heart start to pound. I run to the back door, and low and behold... It's open!!!!

Omg. You want to talk about sheer panic? I had numerous thoughts running through my head (why is the back door open?! Was it justin or me?! Toby runs off from me, there's no way he will come if I call him. He can be anywhere!) and finally I just dash out the door and I'm just yelling his name over and over again.

After 30 seconds, I'm realizing ok I need to put a jacket on, grab a flash light, and start the hardcore search. And I'm starting to feel hopeless, mind you. The few times I have let Toby out on his own (no harness) he refuses to come to me AND just dashes off. And it's a rural area so if he did run off, he could be anywhere!

Well...just as I'm about to head back inside, I give one last name call and hear the quiet little "mewwww mewwww". My heart LITERALLY jumped in relief! So I continue to call his name and he continues to "mew" and I track him down next to the fence, hunkered down.

Literally, he sprang into my arms. It was the best feeling in the world! I am so immensely relieved. And I find it somehow ironic that I joined this cat forum to talk about cats and then I was thinking how terrible it is that I have just lost this cat!!! :(

Luckily, the big man was watching out for me tonight. And I'm SO thankful that Toby stayed close and didn't run off, like I thought. He seemed pretty freaked out, not his normal giddy self during day time hours. He must have walked outside thinking "hehehe, left the door open" and then realized "hey...it's dark and cold out here. This sucks! Now which way do I go to get back? Ummmm........"

Anyways, I had to vent! Clearly no one else is up at 3 am like me but posting to a forum makes it easy and nice! I'm never letting this happen again! Gah! Hope none of you have experienced this! Toby is back in the safety of my home so all is well.




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Thank goodness! he didn't venture far. I can understand how that feels. My hubby came home 1st and left our front door wide open (gate closed but my gate is only half meshed) and then went into the toilet. I got home minutes later and didn't find ET. Searched his usual hiding area, nowhere in sight. I panicked, went out to search, no sight of him. Went back home, the moment I stepped in, I saw something moving - THERE HE IS! He was playing hide and seek with me. He came out of hiding, then let out a very loud "MEOWWW" - "I won the game!".
 

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I know that feeling all too well. You feel like you're going to have a heart attack right then and there.

When Cleo was pretty new with me, I went into her bedroom first thing in the morning and there she was. In the tree OUTSIDE, looking in the window at me!!!! I ran outside in my nightgown and she jumped down from the tree and ran to the fence and jumped over it!! I ran back inside, starting to cry, throwing some clothes on, not knowing if I'd ever find her, since she's an inside-only cat. I was almost dressed when I looked down and there was Cleo looking up at me. As if I was CRAZY!

Turns out, there was a new cat in the cul-de-crap where I lived who looked JUST LIKE CLEO!

Same thing happened the next morning, too, only I knew it wasn't my cat looking me in the face in the tree outside.
 

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I'm glad it worked out! Most cats are never far from home, just hidden somewhere or trapped somewhere.

I know that feeling pretty well, I can think of at least 10 times. My first cat Lucky got out and hid behind a bush in the front yard, the dog sat in front of the bush until we checked behind it! He was also stuck in the nextdoor neighbour's garage for a few days.

Blaze fell off the balcony once, and was hiding in the bushes below. He's also got out at the house a few times and we haven't known where he is, once or twice we found him under the shed, a few other times he was just calmly hanging about outside oblivious to our worry... who knows where he'd been!

Blacky was missing for about 24 hours once, maybe twice. One of those times we were super worried, she never goes far from home. We think she pulled a muscle following us on a walk and lay low, we found her the next day basically where we'd last seen her. At the cabin we try and bring her in at night but there's been a few nights where she just didn't come when called, I'd go out at 2 am to find her sound asleep on the water tank.

The one that really took the cake was my aunt's cat, we couldn't find her for over 24 hours, looked everywhere, were calling all night long, put up posters the next morning... she was trapped on the sun deck. Happily! After that ordeal she wanted back out there! Meanwhile, we'd looked out there several times each... never saw a cat.

They can hide so well, and when they're scared they may not come out or respond when you call, so it can be a really tough search of combing every inch of the closest surrounding properties.
 

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omg, i know the feeling. it never happened to me (knock on the wood) but to my mom and i remember how awful i felt.

actually she called me few days ago that she went through horrible experience with one of our cats missing.
basically one afternoon few days ago my mom noticed that one cat is missing. her cats are indoors so she was sure she is sleeping somewhere, but when the cat did not show up for her meal, she got worried. she searched her whole place, no sign of Fairytale (that's the cat's name). she did not come out when called, etc. my mom got super worried and panicky, took flashlight and searched whole neighborhood, but no luck. she got home, it was bed time, she did not sleep whole night she was so upset. very early next morning she searched neighborhood again, and again no luck.
she got home and cried and cried, she was sure Fairytale is gone, that something wrong happened to her. and then out of the blue, after 24 hours of not showing up, Fairytale appeared like a ghost in front of her. she must have been hiding somewhere, my mom has no idea where. she took her to the vet just to check is everything is ok. turned out Fairytale had loose tooth that was likely hurting so that's why she was hiding for so long. they pulled the tooth out and now she in just the same kitty.

my mom said she had multiple heart attacks and cried liters of tears. and she did not know what to tell me - Fairytale used to be my cat before I moved to the US (I am from Europe and my mom lives there) and i have very very soft spot for her. I usually dont play favorites but I feel very special about her and would love to have her here in the US. I miss her everyday.
 

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Wow. I've never had this happen with my kitties (they're all deathly afraid of outside and will run away from an opening door.) I HAVE had it happen a few times with my dog. Oh....my....gawd. I know that death drop of the heart into the stomach and the surge of adrenaline feeling as you panic and start thinking of every worst case scenario.

We bought a house last year with a large backyard but it's on a very busy road, a main one in town. I'm constantly terrified of losing someone. My husband is pretty forgetful and sometimes will leave a door open. I installed those spring hinge things on the doors so they'll automatically shut. My dog got out when a power guy came to look in the backyard and I was so panicked. The busy street and new neighborhood were both unfamiliar to her. I started walking around the neighborhood behind my house and found her happily galloping around in people's yards.

Gah! The memory has me shaking! Lol.


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We had this happen a few months ago. My fiancé was in the living room and noticed that the dining room seemed extra bright, and lo and behold the back door was open. One of our danes, Zephyr was playing in the yard (luckily its fenced) and came running. After a head count she realized that Ghost, our then 8 month old Siamese was missing. Back outside to find Zephyr running back and forth from the gate to the front of the house to her. She walked over to the gate where Zephyr was pacing and whining and saw Ghost sitting on the walkway by the front of the house! Good thing Zephyr knew that that kitty didn't belong outside!


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We had this happen a few months ago. My fiancé was in the living room and noticed that the dining room seemed extra bright, and lo and behold the back door was open. One of our danes, Zephyr was playing in the yard (luckily its fenced) and came running. After a head count she realized that Ghost, our then 8 month old Siamese was missing. Back outside to find Zephyr running back and forth from the gate to the front of the house to her. She walked over to the gate where Zephyr was pacing and whining and saw Ghost sitting on the walkway by the front of the house! Good thing Zephyr knew that that kitty didn't belong outside!


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Dogs have a great instinct for things like this! :) I'm glad I'm not alone in times like these, they're terrifying. And I'm glad in the end, everyone found their furry friend!


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I'm glad you found Toby safe and sound! It's really nerve-wracking when a kitty goes missing.

One of my previous cats was a Maine Coon named Spunky, who was always trying to dash out the door. There were a number of occasions where he managed it, and sometimes we wouldn't even realize that he had gotten out until one of the neighbours phoned to ask if it was our cat they were seeing wandering along the top of their backyard fence. Other times we would be out searching the neighbourhood for hours calling his name and crawling around under people's porches looking for him.

Oh, geeze, sorry, I didn't think anybody was home. Oh no, wait, I mean-- er, no, no ma'am, this isn't what it looks like! I have the flashlight because I need it to find my cat, uh, because I'm looking for my cat... um, in your basement window well.

So awkward.
 

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Oh, geeze, sorry, I didn't think anybody was home. Oh no, wait, I mean-- er, no, no ma'am, this isn't what it looks like! I have the flashlight because I need it to find my cat, uh, because I'm looking for my cat... um, in your basement window well.

So awkward.
HAHAHA!!! That is awesome :) Very awkward! :p


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The first day we got Moosey she was super scared. She didn't come out of the cat carrier for close to an hour and when she did, she went to hide under a shelving unit. It is fairly big and open, basically just boards on two stands, so we could see her and she would let us pet her, but she wouldn't come out. (Like an idiot I tried to bring her in our room, but she was not having it, so I left her alone.) We left her out in the living room that night so she wouldn't feel so scared and went to bed.

I woke up the next morning to feed her and Ziggy and Moose was no where to be found. I searched and searched and started crying and looked everywhere. I called the lady who came and did the home check the previous day for advice on how to find her, where to look and what to do. She was getting ready to leave for the shelter which is literally right down the block from us, so she said she would stop by and help.

I continued to frantically search for her calling her name, shaking the treat bag. NOTHING. No sounds. There was no way she could have gotten outside as no one had opened the door and we live in an apartment, but I was still worried she may have been moewing and the lady who lives next door (who has cats) may have opened the door to our apartment as it was unlocked the whole night.

I had checked all of the closets a million times (they all have lights), but decided to check them all with a flash light. There she was, in the front hall closet, hidden and stuck behind my roommates videographer equiptment. We had to take EVERYTHING out of the closet to get her (we wanted to make sure that she wouldn't get hurt). That closet door has been closed since. Haha

I was so upset because I had lost my first cat. I was an absolute mess. It is funny now, but at the time, it was like she had disappeared into thin air.
 

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It's only happened a handful of times but no matter how careful you are they somehow manage to slip out. I know now the best way to get them back inside ( that is if you catch them missing immediately after it happens ) is to shake a treat bag.
Nothing snaps them back to reality like treats!
One time I didn't even know my baby was missing. She must have slipped out when my daughter went outside to check her car at night. I timed her absence from when my daughter opened the front door to when I found her at about 45 minutes, so I feel pretty lucky to have found her.
Like I said, I had no idea she had even gotten out. But my "Littleman" (DSH) was looking out the dining room window perched on his chair as usual. But it was the way he was perched and his total focus that had me wondering what he was looking at. I noticed he would go back and forth from the chair in the window to look out the long side panel window next to the front door. He was clearly agitated. So I took a peek outside only to see my sweet Hermione sitting on the front step looking back at me. I swung open the door fearing she would dash off and low and to my amazement my Littleman dashed out the front door and chased her back inside! It all happened so fast I didn't know if I should be upset or amazed at what just happened! My Littleman clearly knew she didn't belong outside! Funny little guy!
 

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This happened to me earlier in the week too! It must be cat adventure week!

I'm glad all worked out in the end :).
 

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I'm glad he is home safe and sound. Like many here I now how that feels. This happened twice to me, the scariest with my cat Anna in the summer when we had the problem with a neighbours cat who he neglected and would stalk my cats through the screen. Anyways one day he was there like always hungry so I went out to feed him, out of literally no where Anna came running out the door chasing him out in the rain(she hates outside and hates water more). They disappeared around the corner and I stood there screaming and crying. Bf found her on the neighbours porch in a ball shaking. I think when the other cat crossed the road she realized she was outside and froze.



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Luvmyfurbabies, you're totally right about the treats. The first time Cuddles got out was when he managed to make a hole in our old screen and hop onto the deck. I knew he'd never come by calling him so I immediately got his treats and went outside. He was very intent on sniffing and exploring and was about to jump under the house and I managed to get him interested in some treats and grab his tail and pick him up (not by he tail!). The second time was easier as we had a lot of ferals on our deck and he was more interested in them than in running away, so I went outside and picked him up. The third time he jumped out of my girlfriends hands as we were bringing him in from the car (the fence door slammed shut behind us and scared him) but luckily he ran under a bush and we got him. Definitively get some treats to attract your cat when it runs out!
 
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